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SUNDAY, Dec. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Winter can be a difficult time for people with allergies, but they can take steps to reduce their exposure to indoor triggers such as mold spores and dust mites, experts say.
"During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes -- any of which can make their lives miserable," Dr. William Reisacher, director of the Allergy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, said in a hospital news release.
"With the lengthening of the pollen season over the past several years, people with seasonal allergies might find their symptoms extending even further into the winter months," Reisacher said.
People also need to look out for mold, another expert noted.
"Mold spores can cause additional problems compared to pollen allergy because mold grows anywhere and needs little more than moisture and oxygen to thrive," Dr. Rachel Miller, director of allergy and immunology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, said in the news release.
"During the holiday season it is especially important to make sure that Christmas trees and holiday decorations are mold-free," she said.
Miller and Reisacher offered the following tips to help allergy sufferers through the winter:
The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has more about allergens and irritants.